Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. One of the very few things that I personally think all of humanity agrees upon.

During a TED talk on February 28, 2008 Karen Armstrong made a wish: to help creating, launching and propagating a Charter for Compassion. on November 12, 2009 the Charter was unveiled to the world. The Golden Rule lies at the core of the charter which consists of a document that transcends religious, ideological, and national difference.

The Charter for Compassion is a document that was drafted by a multi-faith, multi-national council of thinkers and leaders. Here it is:

“The principle of compassion lies at the heart of all religious, ethical and spiritual traditions, calling us always to treat all others as we wish to be treated ourselves. Compassion impels us to work tirelessly to alleviate the suffering of our fellow creatures, to dethrone ourselves from the centre of our world and put another there, and to honour the inviolable sanctity of every single human being, treating everybody, without exception, with absolute justice, equity and respect.

It is also necessary in both public and private life to refrain consistently and empathically from inflicting pain. To act or speak violently out of spite, chauvinism, or self-interest, to impoverish, exploit or deny basic rights to anybody, and to incite hatred by denigrating others even our enemies is a denial of our common humanity.

We acknowledge that we have failed to live compassionately and that some have even increased the sum of human misery in the name of religion.

We therefore call upon all men and women to restore compassion to the centre of morality and religion to return to the ancient principle that any interpretation of scripture that breeds violence, hatred or disdain is illegitimate to ensure that youth are given accurate and respectful information about other traditions, religions and cultures to encourage a positive appreciation of cultural and religious diversity to cultivate an informed empathy with the suffering of all human beings even those regarded as enemies.

We urgently need to make compassion a clear, luminous and dynamic force in our polarized world. Rooted in a principled determination to transcend selfishness, compassion can break down political, dogmatic, ideological and religious boundaries. Born of our deep interdependence, compassion is essential to human relationships and to a fulfilled humanity. It is the path to enlightenment, and indispensable to the creation of a just economy and a peaceful global community.”

The Charter of Compassion is a cooperative effort to restore not only compassionate thinking but, more importantly, compassionate action to the center of religious, moral and political life.

The good news is that this charter is not just Karen Armstrong’s project anymore, it has been adopted by a great amount of people and volunteers who are taking this charter and applying it in different parts of the world. And you guessed it, Jordan is on the list.

You might be wondering how one can restore compassion in himself or in others or how the idea will be applied, my hint to you is: Thirty kind acts in thirty days. After all, it is Ramadan.

I will let you know more about this tomorrow once the campaign is officially launched. Till then you can check the website, the Facebook page, the twitter account, or ASK ME :D.

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